A Police Area Command office at Eika-Ohizenyi in Okehi Local Government Area of Kogi State was on Friday June 24, bombed by gunmen who also killed one Inspector Jibril on duty.
A resident of the area, Mallam Momoh Abubakar told Daily Trust that the gunmen invaded the station around 12:15am with explosives and other weapons.
Abubakar said the first bomb they threw into the station made a heavy sound that woke up many residents, adding the explosives brought down part of the police station. He further revealed that the attackers had a field day as they operated for more than two hours without any interference from security agents or the people of the community.
The Only police officer on duty, Jibril popularly known as Yellow, was killed during the attack while the only operational vehicle in the police station was destroyed.
The gunmen also shattered windows of Eika Community Central Mosque and a Catholic church near the police station.
Confirming the incident, Kogi State Commissioner of Police, Edward Egbuka, said he has “ordered the deployment of additional operational assets, consisting of operatives of the Police Mobile Force, Counter Terrorism Unit, Quick Response Unit, State Intelligence Bureau in synergy with other security agencies to restore normalcy in the area.”
The state Command Police Public Relations Officer , SP William Aya also confirmed that part of the Area Command Office was razed by dynamite used by the attackers.
“A police inspector died in the exchange of fire with the hoodlums, before the Area Commander and a detachment of military in the area reinforced to the scene of incident, and the attackers fled.”